For Immediate Release
Press Briefing at NARAL Pro-Choice America HQs on the Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the US Highlights Winning Agenda for 2014
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, January 14, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation will host reporters for an in-person briefing at their Washington, D.C. headquarters to coincide with the release of the 23rd edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States. The report, published each year, provides individual letter grades on the status of women’s reproductive rights for all 50 states and provides a comprehensive view of choice-related legislation and court decisions in those states. This year’s report also includes a new section on the status of anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers in the states.
At the briefing, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, will present the report’s findings on 2013’s high-profile attacks on reproductive freedom in all 50 states, including Ohio, Texas and North Carolina, highlight victories for the women’s reproductive rights in California, Virginia and beyond and outline the pro-choice movement’s agenda in 2014. The report documents the 24 states that passed 53 anti-choice measures in 2013 - while at the same time highlighting the 10 states that enacted 16 pro-choice measures, last year.
On Tuesday, January 14, NARAL Pro-Choice America will also release their annual Congressional Record on Choice, which grades individual members of Congress on their voting records on issues concerning women’s reproductive freedoms.
WHAT: In-Person Media Briefing for credentialed press at NARAL Pro-Choice America headquarters in Washington, D.C. coinciding with the release of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 23rd edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States, the nation’s most comprehensive report on choice-related legislation and court decisions.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 14th. Briefing begins at 10:00 a.m. ET. Attendees must arrive by 9:45 a.m. to allow time for security.
SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America; Donna Crane, the organization’s vice president for policy; and Erika West, the organization’s political director.
“The anti-choice War on Women did not slow down in 2013 and we are certain that radical right-wing politicians will only ramp up their attacks on women in 2014 as the midterm elections approach,” explained Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “In 2014, NARAL Pro-Choice America is as committed as ever to stopping the opponents of a woman’s right to choose everywhere they pick a fight, but we’re not just playing defense anymore: we’ll work just as hard to expand our freedoms, so that every woman has not just the right, but the opportunity to make whatever choice is right for her.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as "one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America."